Earlier this year, we demonstrated to you that a Ford F-150 Hybrid with the 7.2 kW ProPower Onboard generator could charge a Tesla Model 3 — or really any other EV for that matter — in a pinch. The process was simple, assuming you had the correct adapter for the generator.
Ford included the onboard generator, at up to 9.6 kW on the new F-150 Lighting fully-electric pickup truck. And guess what, it can charge an EV, too!
Ford claims that the 7.2 kW generator — like the one we tested back in Jan. — can add an average of 20 miles per range per hour to a Mustang Mach-E with the extended range battery and rear drive, or 13 miles of range per hour on the F-150 Lightning.
Vehicle-to-load, or V2L, is something that will be more talked about as EVs hit the street. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, for example, can charge another EV with its onboard battery. It’s just rather slow at around 2 kW.
We look forward to testing the Lightning’s charging capability when we get one in for review, but we expect it to function similarly to the F-150 Hybrid and it’s stellar performance that we’ve discovered.
The Lightning goes on sale in the spring, and recently the company stopped taking reservations for the truck as the company has amassed 200,000 preorders. Ford is working quickly to expand production capacity.